The Triceratons are an alien race who resemble anthropomorphic triceratops, and usually breathe a mix of nitrogen and sulfur. Outside of their native environments, usually they wear protective face helmets to provide them with necessary atmosphere. They destroyed their home planet for some unexplained reason.
Along with the Fugitoid, the Triceratons were one of the earliest creations of Mirage Studios, predating the TMNT. In the minds of their neighbors, they are really an empire that covers the entire central region of the Milky Way Galaxy, a huge interstellar domain. They are saurian creatures, possibly genetically similar to the Earth species of dinosaur, the Triceratops. Tough and aggressive, they are entirely herbivorous (plant eating), and have a high sense of loyalty to their race. Part of the reason for the Triceratons’ aggressiveness stems from a cosmological phenomenon occurring in the heart of their region of space. There is a region of destructiveness that is gradually spreading out from the hub of our galactic spiral. The exact cause of this stellar disaster is not known. The Triceratons deny any problem and laugh off the idea of a killer Black Hole. However, many stars in the region have gone nova, and there are accounts of refugees arriving at the outer Triceraton worlds. The best evidence of the galactic holocaust are the Triceratons’ asteroid homeworlds. Hugh asteroids are outfitted with gigantic ion drives and become mobile cities and military staging grounds for the expanding Triceraton empire. Special asteroids are dedicated to factories, universities, research centers, and even arens for sporting and gladitorial events. The Triceraton Republic is now engaged in an ongoing conflict with the Human Federation ("Federat"). A border region consisting of thousands of square light years has each side jockeying for position. Currently, the open warfare has subsided, as both sides continue searching for a weakness or a weapon to solve the impasse. There are many reasons for the success of the Triceratons. First is their eagerness to adopt new technology, and their willingness to change their tactics accordingly. A specific technological strengths that the Triceratons have exploited thoroughly is their atmospheric adaptability that allows them to self-mutagenically breathe otherwise unsuitable air. Some Triceraton agents take Xemorene, a highly addictive stimulative drug that increases speed and efficiency of the nervous system, the withdrawal effects leading to heart failure and death. In the aftermath of the Turtles’ accidental transportation to Triceraton space (during which time the Turtles competed in a combat tournament against four Triceratons in a "Tri-Sports" bout, then took the Triceratons’ Prime Leader hostage) upon their breaking into the TCRI building, three were accidentally transported along with the Turtles back to Earth (TMNT Vol. 1, #6 & 7). While one of them was captured by DARPA (TMNT Vol. 2, #9 - 13), and another, Zog, went into hiding in the sewers until Raphael discovered him prior to the Turtles’ second confrontation with Shredder (TMNT Vol. 1, #19 & 20), the third transported Triceraton remains unaccounted for. After their accidental sojourn into Triceraton space and D'hoonib, the Turtles were invited back to the TCRI homeworld, where they were reunited with Fugitoid. Almost immediately after they arrived, Gavat-4 Station, an outpost that had a Transmat link directly to the Ultrom Homeworld, fell under heavy Triceraton attack. The Turtles agreed to help them, transporting themselves to the station and self-destructing it (TMNT: Guide to the Universe, Shell Shock). When the Turtles pursued DARPA in search of their brother, Raphael, missing after a conflict with a then-cyborg Dr. Baxter Stockman, they soon found themselves facing a Triceraton invasion in Nevada. The cityship that made up the invasion force (it followed the Turtles’ transportation signal from when they were accidentally transported there), falling apart from its long space voyage from Triceraton space, attempted to ram and decimate the Earth by slingshooting around the sun and engaging full Impulse Speed. This attempt, however, was presumably stopped by Louis Braunze’s extraterrestrial-captured "inter-phasic cannon," which he planned to use to move the Triceraton cityship out of phase, causing it to then harmlessly pass through Earth’s outer crust and re-solidify in the molten core, vaporizing the gigantic vessel (TMNT Vol. 2, #13).
During his three year stay in the sewers, the Triceraton Zog had evidently begun construction of a Triceraton aircar that Donatello would later discover and complete, then remodel (TMNT Vol. 3, #2 & 10). Eight Triceratons Transmatted to Earth when Leatherhead and his Utrom friend Dr.X tested their second attempt to build a working Transmat Device to get him "home" to the Utrom homeworld on Leonardo. The Triceratons had been looking for the Turtles for some time, and seized the opportunity to send a commando led by Captain Zak. Leonardo nearly killed one of the eight Triceratons with their own firearms, though Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Leatherhead, and Dr. X had to escape from harm's way. Lured by the homing beacon sent from the Turtles' aircar, Captain Zak has one of his Triceraton commandos translocate to the signal, appearing directly on top of the aircar as Donatello unsuspectingly pilots it home with Horridus/Sara. The Turtles managed to fight the Triceraton invasion to its climax, with the invaluable help and savage force of Leatherhead, who, along with the last Triceraton standing, was transmatted away to parts unknown (TMNT Vol. 3, #19 - 21).
1987 SeriesEditThey appear as villainous invaders on the original TMNT show in the episode "Night of the Dark Turtle" (where Donatello becomes a Batman-like superhero) under the command of a Captain Zorax; their government is called the "Triceraton Empire". In this series, they are able to breath oxygen the same way Earth creatures do.
For some unexplained reasons, the Triceratons accidentally destroyed their homeworld, forcing them to live on mobile rocks converted into new homeworlds. For likewise unexplained reasons, the Triceratons have been in military conflict with the Federation for quite a long time.
There was a glorious empire whose warriors were following a strict code of honor. But when Prime Leader Zanramon took over, the Republic soon began to regress into a dictatorship, with few warriors left to follow the true path of honor.
To level the scales against their hated enemies, the Triceratons looked for Professor Honeycutt, who had developed a teleportal. a device that could instantaneously transport anything across the universe. Like the Federation, the Triceratons planned to use the device to defeat the former. They captured the professor thanks to a Federation collaborator, then tried to promise Honeycutt protection if he built his device - but the deal changed when he recognized his four Turtle friends, who had followed him and were now threatened with death. The threat got even bigger when the Turtles were put in The Games, but they managed to escape, taking Zanramon hostage so as to secure their escape aboard his personal cruiser. The Triceratons soon battled against the Federation who had arrived to take custody of the escaped Fugitoid.
The Triceratons soon tracked the transmat beam from Earth and began invading to find out where Honeycutt was, but the United Nations had no idea what they were talking about. It was soon apparent that Honeycutt was not on the planet, as they could not trace his positronic signature anywhere on the planet, so they left, but they shortly came back when Honeycutt returned from the Utrom homeworld to surrender himself to the warring parties. This lead to a wide goose chase around New York City, with the Turtles doing their best to keep the Professor out of the Triceratons' hands. The Triceratons were soon ambushed by a waiting Federation fleet, who were allied with the Earth Protection Force. Honeycutt soon disabled the Fed ships, so Zanramon ordered them destroyed, but his commander, Mozar, refused to and assisted in the coup d'état led by Traximus to overthrow him. The republican system was reinstated, and the Triceratons made the first move towards a lasting peace with the Federation.
Triceraton technology is quite advanced, employing anti-gravity vehicles and energy blasters on a regular basis, on about the same level as the Federation. A notable trademark of Triceraton technology is the common triangular or pyramidical design on many vital systems, such as power cores and blasters.
The Republic was once a society of honor and glory, but with Zanramon takeover, the Republic lost the sense of their warrior's history. But thanks to Traximus, the old Republic was restored.
On one of the homeworlds, there is a place called "The Games", where helpless beings are pitted against each other for fun. But Triceraton gladiators is also available to the Federation, which is their number one show.
It has been confirmed that Triceratons will appear in the new (2012 TV series).
The old TMNT toyline released a Triceraton figure in 1990. The toy commercial described him as "Shredder's mutant enforcer". A "Shogun Triceraton" toy was released in 1994. A Triceraton Warrior figure was released in 2004. Traximus, Commander Mozar, and Turbo Basher Zanramon figures were also released. Mini-Mutants Raphaelvs. Triceraton was released in 2007.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project: A Triceraton was featured on the game's cover, but were never featured in the game.Editing
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Manhattan Missions: Triceraton soldiers were featured as standard enemies and bosses.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Radical Rescue: A Triceraton served as the game's third boss.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters: A Triceraton appears as a ruthless and unplayable boss in the Genesis version.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus: Triceratons served as enemy troops that attacked the Turtles en masse. Traximus served as a boss in this game. Zog also appears in the game.
- TMNT: Mutant Melee: Traximus was a playable character; Commander Mozar was an unplayable CPU-controlled enemy in story mode.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare: Triceratons returned once more as a standard enemy. Commander Mozar, and Zanramon (piloting the Trigolem) were bosses in this game.
- TMNT: Mutants & Monsters Mayhem: Contains a short lightgun game against the Triceratons.
List of TriceratonsEdit
- Boss Zukko: Appears in Fast Forward
- Daz Ublem: Member of the Triceraton All-Star Team
- Gruell: Appears in the 2003 animated series
- Mixx Trolo: Member of the Triceraton All-Star Team
- Monza Ram: Leader of the Triceraton All-Star Team
- Commander Mozar
- Major Tritan
- Commander T'Zirk
- Xoite Damaz: Member of the Triceraton All-Star Team
- Zad: Appears in the story The Lesson: A Tale of the Triceraton Marines
- Captain Zarg Appeared in the story Terror by Transmat!
- Captain Zarax: Appears in the 1987 animated series. Voiced by Dorian Harewood.
- Zed Lakin and Raz Charkov
- General Zhath: Appeared in the Mirage Comics issue 6.
- Sergeant Zule: Appears in the story The Lesson: A Tale of the Triceraton Marines
- Commander Zarghan (Mentioned)